Wildfires Near Russia’s Nuclear Research Center Spark State of Emergency. “Russian authorities have declared an interregional state of emergency as tough-to-contain forest fires threaten the country’s top-secret nuclear weapons research center, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing the emergencies ministry…
“Today, the research center makes nuclear warheads and is believed to be developing Russia’s strategic missiles, including its highly touted hypersonic arsenal.”
Wildfires in Russia Spread to Central Regions. Authorities were fighting 15 wildfires in the Urals region of Sverdlovsk, the emergencies ministry said. “
“The region — which lies on the border of Europe and Asia — faced “extreme fire hazard” due to a heatwave, it added.”
Teams from the Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) of Russia are searching for 5 people who were swept away by floods and mudflows in mountainous areas of Dagestan. “
A helicopter has been deployed to help with the search for the missing five.”
Europe experienced the hottest year on record in 2020, with temperatures 3.4°F (1.9°C) higher than the average for 1981-2010, the latest climate report has revealed. “
“This exceeds the 2.7°F (1.5°C) global average temperature increase target set by the UN in the Paris Climate Agreement…”
The UK’s National Trust is giving its workers siestas in summer due to increasingly hot weather because of climate change.
“Staff and volunteers in the south of England will be given more Mediterranean working hours, with a long lunch break and the day starting earlier and finishing later.”
Spain Plans Government Aid for Regions Affected by Wildfires.
“Spain’s government classified regions recently struck by wildfires as emergency zones, a move that will trigger subsidies and other support measures… The wildfires, which started during a heatwave, spread as strong winds and low humidity made them harder to control.”
Spain’s government is considering declaring a disaster area after thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of a large saltwater lagoon…
“A blistering heatwave hit Spain last week and local officials are blaming the extreme temperatures for killing the fish, although some scientists say pollution from local farming has degraded the water quality of the lake…”
25 August was a very warm day in Central Western Africa. With a maximum temperature of 33.8C [92.8F] Mvengue recorded the highest temperature in August in Gabonese climatic history, while with 36.7C. [Surprisingly cool for a Tmax but I imagine the Atlantic prevents extreme heat there].
“Brazzaville came 0.3C from the Congolese August record (Ouesso,2010).”
Climate change melts glaciers on Turkey’s highest peak Mt. Ağrı…
“An ice cap covering an area of 10.2 square kilometers (3.93 square miles) at the peak of the 5,137-meter (16,853-feet) high mountain is the latest victim of the changing weather conditions.”
Middle East drought: Our leaders are fiddling as the world burns.
“Khuzestan province in southern Iran has been devastated by droughts and water shortages for years, exacerbated by summer heatwaves and seasonal sandstorms blowing in from south-west regions and extending into Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Rising temperatures in the last few years have made life increasingly difficult across the region.”
War-torn Middle East ‘faces 60C temperatures’ due to climate emergency.
“It sounds like hell on earth. The Middle East, already riven by conflict, faces 60C temperatures as the region worst affected by climate change, a climate expert has warned – making crises from Lebanon to Syria even more acute.”
More rain in western Singapore in 3 hours on Tuesday than monthly average for country…
“As at noon on Tuesday, 239.8mm [9.4 inches] of rainfall was recorded in Mandai and 226.2mm in Bukit Panjang. They are the highest [ever rainfall totals for August]. The previous high for August was 181.8mm, which was recorded in Changi on Aug 22, 1983.”
A tornado injured at least one person and damaged dozens of residential buildings in Huludao city in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning on August 25, 2021.
“The twister only touched down for about one minute, but it knocked down trees, smashed street lamps and windows as well as cut power supplies in the area.” [Video]
Mato Grosso do Sul [Brazil] faces a new heat wave, which should take the thermometers up to 41ºC [105.8F], this Wednesday.
“The Inmet (National Institute of Meteorology) issued a new heat wave alert, with a temperature of three to five degrees above the average for the period, raising the risk to health.”
Paraguay wildfires: Massive forest fire rips through national park.
“Multiple wildfires have raged throughout Paraguay in recent days, destroying thousands of hectares of protected wetlands and damaging the air quality in metropolitan areas.”
Death toll rises to at least 20 in western Venezuela floods.
“State governor Ramon Guevara said earlier that more than 1,200 houses had been destroyed and 17 people remained missing as rescue workers search the wreckage… Images shared on social media showed cars being swept down streets, buildings and businesses filled with mud, and mudslides that left boulders strewn across roads.”
More than 270 homes were destroyed in central Tennessee as flash flooding killed 18, officials say.
“A damage assessment conducted in Humphreys County showed 271 homes were destroyed by Saturday’s flooding, according to a news release from the county’s emergency management agency. Another 160 homes had major damage…”
The Plains and Upper Midwest are growing drier as drought deepens in the West.
“A 53-foot waterfall in Minneapolis, has been reduced to a trickle. Utah’s biggest reservoirs are about half full, and dropping. Almond growers in California are abandoning their dying trees as water grows increasingly scarce.”
California wildfires: Thousands evacuated and hundreds of homes destroyed as a dozen blazes rage.
“Nearly 43,000 Californians are under evacuation orders and more than 500 households in shelters as a dozen large wildfires burn throughout the state. Governor Gavin Newsom has requested a presidential major disaster declaration for eight countries.”
Here in British Columbia, we have spent the summer running from cruel wildfires.
“The fires have burned nearly 8,582 sq km of forest since the spring and caused evacuation orders to be issued across the province. Lytton and another nearby community, Monte Lake, have been destroyed by the vengeful climate.”
Thaw-induced landslide triggers partial closure of Alaska’s Denali National Park.
“A large swath of Denali National Park, one of Alaska’s premier travel destinations, has closed for the summer tourist season weeks early after heightened landslide activity from excessive thawing of a mountain slope made the park’s only access road unsafe…“
“Climate change “has taken what was previously a problem solved by maintenance staff performing road repairs and made a challenge too difficult to overcome with short-term solutions,” the statement said.”
A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall: What 1st rain on Greenland ice means…
“With a surface area more than three times that of France, the ice sheet covering Greenland locks up enough water to raise global sea levels by up to 7 meters.”
Record Temperature in East Iceland.
“A heat record was set in Hallormsstaður, East Iceland, yesterday when the temperature reached 29.3°C (84.7°F)… “This is possibly the highest temperature ever recorded for Iceland during the month of August,” states meteorologist Teitur Arason at the Icelandic Met Office.” [If verified, it is.]
The Arctic Circle saw record-high temperatures in 2020, NOAA report finds.
“Last summer, Russia reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit — the highest temperature ever measured within the Arctic Circle, according to an annual climate report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
So much ice is melting that Earth’s crust is moving…
“The loss of melting ice from land masses such as Greenland and Antarctica is causing the planet’s crust to warp slightly, even in spots more than 1,000 kilometres from the ice loss.”
Brace for Civil Unrest as Food Prices Skyrocket…
“Phil Lempert, Food Trends Editor for NBC’s “Today,” also known as the “Supermarket Guru,” told Fortune magazine this month, “We’re going to continue to see price increases, probably for the next two years or so… It is a much bigger problem, and a much more complex problem, than the average consumer realizes or understands.””
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